The Importance Of Gun Control And The Right To Bear Arms

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A logical assertion can, and is, made that certain background checks are desirable in order to decrease the amount of deaths caused by guns. However, we need to understand the effectiveness of these checks, that many who want a gun will go to any means to acquire one. In a study conducted by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick of John Hopkins University, over 80 percent of criminals evaluated were not lawful retail purchasers of firearms – as most acquired their weapons from sources such as family members and street sources (Source 1). Additionally, we need to understand that certain firearms illegal in certain states are brought in from other states in which they are legal. Both observations show that while increased background checks and …show more content…
The Second Amendment’s Right to Bear Arms is one of the most fundamental of these rights. A lack of specificity of the amendment has raised concerns, despite the surprising observation that the US Supreme Court has only addressed the issue a total of four times, as of 2003 (Source 3). There are two major theories involving the second amendment: the individual rights theory and the collective rights theory. Fobert J Cottrol and Raymond T. Diamond, (George Washington University and Louisianna State University,) regard both theories as having a consensus of: “Ensure[ing] an armed military citizenry in order to prevent potential tyranny by a government empowered and perhaps emboldened by a monopoly of force.” Regardless of what theory a person holds to, the basis of our right to bear arms was to prevent a government from becoming too powerful over those who it ruled, such as Great Britain towards America. The right to bear arms was founded on principles to give a sense of power to citizens. Just as our government limited its power for many other reasons, the purpose of our second amendment was to limit the govefrnment’s own power once again. Gun control on a national level is at its core not constitutional, and should not be deemed a viable option in large …show more content…
Various factors play into decreasing gun deaths in America every year. The most vital aspects of gun control involves freedom, ultimately. America was founded on freedom, and infringing on that violates what we believe in collectively. Every day, new data and information is collected, whether it involves evidence from other countries, psychological factors from mass shooters, the media’s effect on mass shootings, background checks, spontaneous shootings, self-defense, gun-free zones, and the constitutional values of gun control. Any claims made should be in the best interest for the sake of saving lives, and for the sake of maintaining the quality of freedom in this fine

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